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English definition of “ought”

ought

modal verb [+ to infinitive]  /ɔt/ (present tense ought) us  

ought modal verb [+ to infinitive] (DUTY)

used to say that it is necessary or desirable to perform the action expressed in the verb: We ought to clean up before we go home. She really ought to apologize.

ought modal verb [+ to infinitive] (PROBABLE)

used to say that the action expressed in the verb is probable or expected: He ought to be home by seven o’clock. The curtains ought to be ready on Monday. At his age, he ought to have known better.
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